Meaning of BIAS in English


/ ˈbaɪəs; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


[ U , C , usually sing. ] a strong feeling in favour of or against one group of people, or one side in an argument, often not based on fair judgement :

accusations of political bias in news programmes (= that reports are unfair and show favour to one political party)

Employers must consider all candidates impartially and without bias.

Some institutions still have a strong bias against women.


[ C , usually sing. ] an interest in one thing more than others; a special ability :

The course has a strong practical bias.


[ U , sing. ] the bias of a piece of cloth is an edge cut diagonally across the threads :

The skirt is cut on the bias.

■ verb

( -s- or -ss- ) [ vn ] bias sb/sth (towards / against / in favour of sb/sth) to unfairly influence sb's opinions or decisions

SYN prejudice :

The newspapers have biased people against her.



mid 16th cent. (in the sense oblique line ; also as an adjective meaning oblique ): from French biais , from Provençal , perhaps based on Greek epikarsios oblique.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.